NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Police are searching for a chain snatcher in the East Village.
Surveillance video shows the suspect walk up behind a 78-year-old man and rip two chains from his neck.READ MORE: 5 Wounded, Including 3 Teens, In Drive-By Shooting Outside Bronx Warehouse Party
It happened around 3:40 p.m. Monday near East Fifth Street and Avenue D.
Police said the chains were valued at $500.READ MORE: Family Members: Woman Originally From Long Island Among The Missing In Florida Condo Collapse
The suspect fled on foot into the grounds of the Lilian Wald Housin Development.
He’s described as black, 20 to 30 years old, 5 feet 9 inches tall, 170 pounds, with brown eyes and black hair, last seen wearing a white T-shirt, black shorts and black sneakers. He also walks with a limp.MORE NEWS: Woman Struck And Killed While Pushing Baby In Stroller In Queens
Anyone with information is asked to call NYPD’s Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or 1-888-57-PISTA (74782) for Spanish. You can also submit a tip via the Crime Stoppers website, by Tweeting @NYPDTips or by texting a tip to 274637 (CRIMES) and then entering TIP577.